State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced establishment of a Conviction Review Bureau in New York to address potential wrongful convictions.
Schneiderman says the bureau will work with law enforcement agencies across the state to ensure that those convicted of crimes are indeed the real perpetrators. The AG's office will work with regional district attorneys to identify and address "compelling claims of innocence."
Saint John Baptist Church is being named "designated developer" for 50 city-owned lots in the Fruit Belt as it moves forward on a multi-million dollar plan to build 49 rental town houses.
They will be scattered across the community on the now-vacant lots.
It's part of a continuing expansion of Saint John and its affiliates, including a charter school, a planned second charter and the leafy McCarley Gardens housing complex which it plans to sell to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
With the possibility of spending at least $100 million on repairing Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, city lawmakers are pushing for another look at instead building a new stadium in the City of Buffalo.
Erie County and the Bills are involved in talks about a new lease, although no details are being released. The current stadium needs significant repairs, with the estimate of $100 million being used frequently, although an in-depth study apparently hasn't been completed for the Bills.
A new four-year financial plan for Erie County has been released by County Executive Mark Poloncarz. The former county comptroller says the document is designed to more accurately reflect expenses and revenues from the previous proposals by former County Executive Chris Collins.
While Collins called for numerous job cuts, Poloncarz holds the line on county employment. The proposal calls for a seven percent increase in employment expenses by 2015, but also projects the reduction in the work force of about 50 jobs through attrition.
Could eating placenta, or the afterbirth, provide medical benefits for mothers, or possibly, all humans? That’s the question behind a new paper from a team of Buffalo researchers. But, as Daniel Robison reports, finding the answer will not be easy.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's aggressive legislative agenda will not include any action on the issue of medical marijuana.
Cuomo told reporters in Utica Monday that he understands there has been more research and the issue can be re-evaluated, but he doesn't believe there is enough time in this year's legislative session to do that properly.
In his 2010 campaign, Cuomo rejected legalizing marijuana for medical use, but has since said he's reconsidering.
Cuomo says New York still has what he calls ``a terrible problem'' with drug use.
With much of the Washington debate focused on cutting the national debt, Congressman Brian Higgins will try to buck that trend later this month by introducing a transportation bill with a price tag exceeding $one trillion.
The five-year plan dubbed the "Nation Building Here at Home Act" would use federal dollars to help re-build roads, bridges and airports across the country.
According to the the Buffalo News, Higgins admits the spending plan faces difficult political circumstances, but argues it's needed to reverse a crumbling national infrastructure.
Vacant, historic buildings remain a theme across the city of Buffalo. This week in our Press Conversation, WBFO and AM-970’s Eileen Buckley talks to Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata. Licata runs a monthly column called “Preservation Ready”.
Licata updates us on the Trico Building and the former Fairfield Library in North Buffalo. She also profiles the Shea's Seneca building in South Buffalo featured in this month's Buffalo Spree.
As 16 NHL teams prepare for the start of this week's Stanley Cup playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres will be cleaning out their lockers Monday and answering questions regarding their failure to make the post-season for the third time in the last five years.
A season-ending shootout loss on Saturday to the Boston Bruins gave the Sabres a 39-32-and-11 record, producing 89 points which ranked 19th in the 30-team league.
One of Western New York's most prominent real estate developers has died.
Nathan Benderson, founder of the Benderson Development Company, suffered a stroke on Tuesday while in Florida and passed at the age of 94. He was the magnate behind the Thruway Mall, Delaware Consumer Square, the Outlet Mall in Niagara Falls and numerous other projects both in the region and nationwide.
The News reports that Benderson, a high school dropout, began following his entrepreneurial instincts while a teenager in the Depression.
A youthful game might have been behind the deadly train accident in Westfield on Friday.
Authorities are investigating the possibility that three men being struck by a freight train might have resulted from a dare. All three men are in their twenties. Two of the victims were killed. The third is recovering from serious injuries in a Pennsylvania hospital.
The accident occurred as the men were running along a railroad bridge in Westfield.
The train was fitted with a camera and authorities believe that the footage will help in their investigation.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has returned to Rochester after suffering a broken leg in New York City.
Slaughter fell while in The Big Apple last week. The fall injured her left leg. The Congresswoman expressed relief that the injury wasn't worse and that it won't prevent her from fulfilling her duties and responsibilities to the people of Western New York.
Doctors at the University of Rochester Medical Center claim that her rehabilitation is going well and that they expect a full recovery.
An apparent Internet scam nearly cost a student government organization at the University at Buffalo many thousands of dollars.
Two officials with the UB Student Association, working outside of established protocols, contracted with Virtual Academix for website development costing $300,000. The News reports that other officials with the student organization halted the process before money was exchanged.
The investigation continues but criminal charges are not expected to be filed.
A Hamburg man will serve jail time for a decades long investment scheme.
Timothy Geidel employed a Ponzi scheme to bilk investors, many who were family and friends, of more than $1 million over twenty years. Geidel was given a three and a half year prison sentence in federal court. He is also required to repay $1.3 million.
Civil suits against the Geidel and the companies he represented are still pending.
Staff Sgt. William R. "Billy" Wilson III of Getzville was laid to rest today at Elmlawn Cemetery in Tonawanda, following funeral services at The Chapel at Crosspoint in Amherst.
Wilson, a seven-year military veteran, was killed by Afghan security forces March 26 at a police checkpoint. Wilson, 27, was one of three coalition troops to die that day in an escalation of anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan following a civilian massacre and the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base.
Shoppers by the thousands are stopping by Buffalo's venerable Broadway Market today.
Good Friday is traditionally the busiest day of the year for market vendors. The stands selling meats, baked goods, and butter lambs are the most popular, but there are also some new vendors who say they're enjoying some success.
The state's effort to boost the purchase of new energy-efficient refrigerators and washing machines produced plenty of buyers.
Across New York, $3.5 million in Stimulus funds was handed out in rebates to push the purchase of more than 13,000 washers and refrigerators, according to NYSERDA Assistant Communications Director Dayle Zatlin.
Over $300,000 of the rebates have been distributed locally.
"Erie is one of our largest participating counties. We had over a thousand applications from Erie County," Zatlin said.